Manalapan mayor eyes freeholder seat

Incumbent Monmouth County Freeholder Amy Mallet formally kicked off her re-election bid last Tursday, and today, Manalapan Mayor Andrew Lucas announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for Monmouth County Freeholder.  

“I am proud to announce my candidacy for the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders today,” Lucas said. “Prior Freeholders have set a tradition of fiscal responsibility and visionary planning, making Monmouth County one of the best places in America to live, work or visit. I intend to build upon this tradition and I believe my experience makes me the best candidate to do so.”  

A lifelong Monmouth County resident who was raised on a working farm in Manalapan, Lucas cited his broad life experience as a major asset.   “In these difficult economic times, I believe my education and finance background is definitely a major asset. I think my record in Manalapan of cutting over $2 million in wasteful spending and being at the forefront of sharing services to create more efficiency in government bears that out. I also know being raised on a farm, as well as now owning my own farm, has given me an appreciation for hard work and a respect for the environment that will allow me to serve the people of Monmouth County well.”  

The principal owner of Lucas Capital Advisors, an investment management firm, Lucas has a degree in Economics from Princeton University. He owns Walnut Grove Farm in Manalapan and has served on the Manalapan Township Committee since 2005, during which he has served three terms as mayor.  

Businesswoman Mallet is the sole surviving Democrat on the freeholder board since the party’s unraveling in the county post-2008. That year, Democrats briefly took control of the five-member governing body before back-to-back losses in as many years.  

Manalapan mayor eyes freeholder seat